[CANCER] Stereotactic Radiotherapy Completed #BreastCancer

So, we have finished the first of the new treatments... there was an 'end of treatment bell' outside the room. I thought about it, because I think we can celebrate every little chunk of treatment (though I know a lot of stage 4 patients find them very difficult to cope with).... One of the silver linings to a lot of hard work (and yes, several people have said that cancer is pretty much a full…

[CANCER] 2/3 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Done #BreastCancer

So, yesterday was the second of three stereotactic radiotherapy treatments on my spinal tumour - with the hope that it blasts it to pieces, before chemotherapy mops up the pieces. Stereotactic: involving, being, utilizing, or used in a surgical technique for precisely directing the tip of a delicate instrument (such as a needle) or beam of radiation in three planes using coordinates provided by medical imaging in order to reach a specific locus in the body…

[CANCER] Success with Round 1 of Stereotactic Radiotherapy #BreastCancer

As the radiotherapist said as I was leaving - that smile's not going to leave your face today is it:   View this post on Instagram   We are one #radiotherapy treatment down! Back on Weds and Friday for the other two ... #whatcancerlookslike A post shared by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Apr 1, 2019 at 8:35am PDT Because, YES, after Friday's disappointment, we completed both Day 0 and treatment 1 today! I'm not entirely…

[CANCER} More uncertainty as we attempt stereotactic radiotherapy #BreastCancer

As I talked about on Radio 4 the other day, cancer is full of uncertainties. I headed into counselling this morning with my head bouncing around all over the place, nervous about the potential 20% chance of spinal fracture from stereotactic radiotherapy. Post-counselling, I met with my friend Shelley, and we went for lunch at Puss in Boots, before heading to the Christie at Salford Royal (apparently out of 17 radiotherapy machines in the Trust,…

[CANCER] Talking to the Oncologist about Treatment Plans on #WorldCancerDay #BusyLivingWithMets

So, today has been a funny day... it's #WorldCancerDay, so social media is full of extra content encouraging us all to be vigilant in looking for symptoms of any kind of cancer, and to keep focusing on funding to be able to provide more treatments. My (new) cancer if I'd had it 10-12 years ago would have been 'I'm sorry, there's not much we can do longterm', whereas now there are a range of very…
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